Jets youth facing tough test

The Jets youth team will face a tough challenge against the Weston Workers Bears in the NBN State League on Saturday.

The Newcastle Jets youth team will face another tough challenge when they travel to Weston to take on the Weston Workers Bears in the NBN State League on Saturday.

The Jets will be looking to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to competition front-runners Broadmeadow Magic last weekend.

Despite being on the wrong end of the score line, Jets assistant coach Craig Deans said the young side had learned lessons from that match.

“I think it was a good spectacle and a good day, but obviously the result wasn-t what we were after,” he said.

“There were some positives out of the game, despite the score line.”

The Jets kept the ball well against Broadmeadow but were unable to convert possession into goals.

Deans said making better decisions in attacking areas had been a key focus during the week.

“I think we just lacked a bit of discipline in the front third,” he said.

“Sometimes if you-re not having any joy you try and take things on yourself and do something out of the ordinary.

“That works sometimes, but it doesn-t happen all the time and I think on the weekend we probably tried to do that a little bit too much.

“We didn-t stick to the structure that we asked them to stick to and that they have done in the previous weeks that has given them some joy.

“It-s important for them this week that they understand that and show a bit more discipline.”

The Jets face their longest road trip in the NBN State League so far this season when they travel to Weston on Saturday.

With no home ground to call their own, the Jets play on their opponents turf each week. “I think it-s great for them,” Deans said.

“It-s something that you have to learn to deal with as a footballer, you can-t be at home with your own supporters all the time.

“As a Club in the past we-ve struggled a little bit away from home so if these guys can get used to being in an unfamiliar environment and still perform, that-s a positive for them and for us.

“It-s a bit of a trip this weekend so it-s another challenge for the boys.

“They-re going to learn to spend 45 minutes to an hour in a car and then prepare themselves to play a game.

“Obviously Weston a good side and they had a good season last year and I-m sure they were looking to do a little bit better than what they have so far this year.

“I-m sure they-ll be looking to get their season back on track this weekend against us.”

Match Details: NBN Northern NSW State League Newcastle Jets v Weston Workers Bears Thomas and Coffey Park, Weston Saturday, June 2 Kick-off 2:30pm